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Breaking: Obama to stop defending DOMA

President Barack Obama signed into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 this week

The Human Rights Campaign is reporting that the Obama administration will stop its defense of Section 3 the "Defense of Marriage Act," the federal law that denies rights to legally married same-sex couples as well as allowing states to not recognize gay marriage.

“This is a monumental decision for the thousands of same-sex couples and their families who want nothing more than the same rights and dignity afforded to other married couples,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a press release.  “As the President has stated previously, DOMA unfairly discriminates against Americans and we applaud him for fulfilling his oath to defend critical constitutional principles.”

The Washington Post is also reporting the news.

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HRC Atlanta bowls, dines for equality

HRC sponsors local bowling league

The HRC Atlanta Steering Committee is gearing up for a busy season, with its popular Bowling for Equality set for Feb. 26 and ticket sales underway for the signature Atlanta HRC Dinner in May.

The Atlanta Steering Committee is the local affiliate of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group. The 11th annual Bowling for Equality features bowling in “waves” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. DJ Shane V will spin.

“The bowling event is first and foremost a fun event for every bowling level. We call it a tournament and certainly some teams get competitive with each other, but the majority of people to have a good time and support the work of HRC,” says Ed Patterson, spokesperson for the Atlanta Steering Committee.

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Joan Rivers owns New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign

The Human Rights Campaign’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” video series has been a big hit on the web. Notable celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Moby, Julianne Moore, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others have participated in the campaign, but yesterday, HRC posted to YouTube what might its most important endorsement yet – Joan Rivers!

“All New Yorkers believe in fairness. That’s why we should support marriage equality,” Rivers says in the video. “For goodness sakes, come on guys!”